Community Marks Five Years Since Pulse

Gays Against Guns’ “Human Beings” carried photos and biographies of people who were killed at Pulse.
Donna Aceto

The community convened at the Christopher Street Pier and marched to the Stonewall Inn on June 12 to honor the 49 people who were killed at the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando five years ago.

Members of Gays Against Guns and other individuals stood as “Human Beings” representing each of the individuals who died in the shooting on June 12, 2016 when 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse during a Latinx night. The “humans” each held a photo and biography of a person who died.

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, was one of the 49 people who died at Pulse.Donna Aceto
Founding Gays Against Guns member Nelson Caraballo reads the names of those who lost their lives.Donna Aceto
Performance artist Machine Dazzle leads with the mirror ball.Donna Aceto
Gun violence survivor and activist Kim Parker Russell hugs a friend.Donna Aceto
Ann Northrop follows the procession to StonewallDonna Aceto
Gays Against Guns’ Human Beings on their way to Stonewall.Donna Aceto
Human Beings stand near Christopher Park.Donna Aceto
Performance artist Tigger! Ferguson recalls the inspiration behind the “Human Beings.”Donna Aceto
A crowd gathers near Stonewall to honor the Pulse victims.Donna Aceto
Attendees emphasize the importance of remembering the lives lost at Pulse.Donna Aceto